This blog was started as the latter-day version of a newspaper book-review page, now that such pages are vanishing. I was the book-review editor of the Winston-Salem Journal for 25 years. Since August 2010, that book-review page is history, and so is my editorship. However, I’ve still been reading. And publishers have kindly been sending me review copies. A number of my friends who used to write reviews for the Journal have agreed to contribute to the blog, and I’m hoping that some additional reader-writer friends will also be joining us.
The blog is dedicated to all of us who love reading and discussing books, and to the authors and publishers who keep producing them for us. Long may they flourish!
I am calling the blog Briar Patch Books for three reasons. First, although we will review a broad range of books, I am partial to Southern literature, and particularly literature from North Carolina. Second, I live in a rural area of Stokes County, N.C., out where the blackberries grow wild. And third, one of the reasons I’ve always loved literature is because as a young child, I listened to my father, J.P Carter, as he masterfully told (and acted out) the stories of Joel Chandler Harris. When The Sentinel newspaper was folded in 1985, and the editors at the city’s surviving newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal, asked if I’d be interested in editing the book-review page, my response was, in essence, like Br’er Rabbit’s “Please don’t throw me in the briar patch!”
So, if you love books, let us hear from you.
Linda C. Brinson is available for writing and editing projects. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org